Principal's Newsletter

Sam Barlow High School ~ February 2019


SPRING BREAK March 25 - March 29

School resumes April 1st and that is no joke!
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Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

Renni Ferguson is the winner of our Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) award. This award goes to a Classified staff member and is voted on by all Sam Barlow staff. The criteria for the person winning this award is:

  • Have the respect and admiration of their colleagues and students.

  • Be an expert in their field who guides others to achieve excellence.

  • Collaborate with others to create a school culture of respect and success.

Renni fits all of these criteria perfectly, which makes her a very deserving winner and us very lucky to have her as a member of the Bruin Family.


Sam Barlow recognizes students who have shown their Bruin PRIDE by awarding a Student of the Month for each grade level. Students can be nominated for Student of the Month by receiving a PRIDE Note from a staff member throughout the month. The staff then votes for one male and one female student from each grade to receive this recognition. Our outstanding Students of the Month for November are:

DECEMBER Student of the Month 18-19

Sophie Bier

Geovanni De Los Santos


Evan Delacruz

Amanda Myrhow


Konnar Fuller

Morgan Stratton


Sarah Graham

Drew Turner

PARENTVUE APP (Check your students' progress)

You can download the ParentVue App directly to your phone for free. It’s very simple to do and we have included the step-by-step instructions for you below.

  • Go to your App store or Android Market and search for ParentVue.

  • Click ‘install’ and then ‘open’ when installation is complete.

  • You will have a screen prompting you to swipe left to find your district. If location is activated on your phone, our district should pop to the top. If not, type in Gresham-Barlow School District in the search bar.

  • Once you choose Gresham-Barlow School District, you will be asked to log in.

  • Once you have logged in, you will have access to your student's information, such as;

    • Class Schedule

    • Current Grades in all classes

    • Progress Reports

    • Attendance

    • Teacher communications

    • Access to update your contact information

    • Many more…

  • You can also select which language you prefer to use by clicking on ‘change’ at the bottom of the screen.

This is a great resource to have at the tip of your fingers. If you need assistance logging in or resetting your password, please contact Teresa Juden at


In order for students to reach their full potential in the classroom, they must attend school. We want all students to attend at least 90% of all school days. Students should only miss school if they have a fever, have been vomiting, have a medical appointment, or a family emergency. We fully understand that students will sometimes miss school, but limiting the number of missed days is important. Students can’t learn unless they are in class. If we have more students attending at a higher rate, we can also increase the success of our students and our graduation rate.

Please enjoy the start of the second semester. We hope to see you at a school sponsored event or activity. It is always a great experience to see our students competing and performing as it really fosters a sense of community.

After School Tutoring

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 2:30-4:00, we have two of our AVID Tutors that will be in the Media Center to help all students who would like additional support. We have one who will be primarily working with math students, while the second will help with other content areas as needed. However, based on need, they will help any student who shows up.

Please encourage your student(s) to take advantage of this opportunity.

AP Testing

Attention all AP Students and Parents! All fees for AP exams are due by Friday, March 22nd. Students can bring their payment to the bookkeeper or pay online, as all accounts of AP students have been charged the fee for the exam. If you have questions or concerns about the AP exam or payment, please contact your student's AP teacher or our AP Coordinator, Molly Ninneman, at

All students enrolled in AP courses will be required to attend an AP Pre-Administration session in April to prepare their answer sheets for the exams. Students should plan on attending ONE of the following two sessions: Tuesday, April 9th at 2:30-3:30pm OR Wednesday, April 10th at 7:15-8:15am. Both sessions will take place in the cafeteria and students need to bring a #2 pencil.

Test preparation books available at the Barlow Library

Need help with studying for the SAT, ACT or AP tests? Our Barlow Library has many up-to-date test preparation books available for student use. We cover every major college entry test and we have test guidebooks for every AP course offered at Barlow. Why buy a guidebook when you can borrow one for free? Check out these test prep books from our Library today!

If you want to look for similar announcements and events, check out the Barlow Library Events page.

Forecasting for the 2019-2020 School Year

Forecasting is approaching quickly. The following dates are listed by grade level. Please refer any questions to the counseling department:

Junior Forecasting: Gov. Econ (Honors/AP)

Presentation Day-Tuesday, February 19th

Pick Up Day-Tuesday, February 26th

Sophomore Forecasting: English 3-4 (Honors)

Presentation Day-Monday, February 25th

Pick Up Day-Tuesday, March 5th

Freshman Forecasting: Physical Science (Honors)

Presentation Day-Monday, March 4th

Pick Up Day-Monday, March 11th

8th Grade Parent Night-Tuesday, March 19th

8th Grade Forecasting

Presentation Dates

WOMS-Thursday, March 14th

GRMS-Friday, March 15th

DMS-Monday, March 18th

Pick Up Dates

DMS-Tuesday, April 2nd

WOMS-Thursday, April 4th

GRMS-Monday & Tuesday, April 8th & 9th"

Career Exploration Opportunities

The following field trips for career exploration are available to students. They can sign up to go in the College & Career Center.

  • Cook Security Group March 13th, we are going to one of the top 100 companies in Oregon for the last 10 years to learn about careers in security for banks, companies, homes... A focus on all the careers available in a security company.
  • Boeing is holding their Tech Prep open house on March 14th, 6-8 pm
  • Gunderson to learn about careers in welding, mechanical, and manufacturing, March 15th (must currently be enrolled in a metals class)
  • , first served, space is limited.

Mock Interviews are coming, April 11th and 12th. If you want to volunteer to interview students please call LindaLee at 503-258-4885 or email

Snow days have created an issue with several trips, we have chosen to reschedule: MetroEast

  • Media for April 9th
  • Benchmade / Jewell Hardwoods trip for April 2nd.

It is great to be able to give students a wide variety of careers and learning experiences. We have a few spaces in each. If your student is interested, have them come to the College and Career Center.

Host Families Needed!

We are currently looking for host families for foreign exchange students for the 2019-2020 school year. Hosting a foreign exchange student can be a rewarding experience. For information please contact Oscar Rethwill, counselor at 503 258-4874."

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Last Day for Seniors is June 4th

Graduation is June 11th, 5:00 PM - Veteran's Memorial Coliseum

You can access a lot of information regarding your student's senior year by visiting the Senior Information page on our website.

There is a lot of work that goes into throwing a great All-Night Party for our graduates. We would love to have as many of you as possible attend our meetings and help out in any way that you can. There are a lot of different tasks, both big and small, that we could use your help with. If you can't attend a meeting, please send an email to , and let us know how you might be able to help out.

The next meeting is Monday, February 25th @ 6:30pm in the Staff Cafeteria

Senior Baby Ads can still be purchased for the yearbook. Please use the form attached to place your ad.

Class of 2019, Get College or Career Ready!

This year will be busy and filled with challenges and excitement for your future. Your College & Career Center is here to assist you on your journey. We will work hard to answer your questions and make your senior year a fun and productive one.

Click on the attached College & Career Center News to see all of the opportunities you have to receive free money for college or get career ready.


What are the office hours?

7:00am - 3:30pm daily

Closed on holidays and some inservice days

What is the main office number?


Can I leave a message for my student?

Yes. If necessary, we can take messages from a parent or guardian only. Messages will not be delivered to class except in an emergency, but will be held in the office. Students are paged during designated paging times, and it is the student’s responsibility to pick up the note.

Can I bring a present or send flowers/balloons to a student?

We are unable to accept gifts, flowers/balloons for students. We will refuse all attempted deliveries.

Can I deliver coffee/specialty drinks to my student?

No. We will not accept any Dutch, Black Rock, Country Coffee, etc.

Additional questions?

Please call us! 503-258-4850

Who Can Help?

If you have concerns about your child’s schedule or other issues, the following are the staff to contact. Email is a quick way to get answers to the questions you might have.


A-E Michelle Kahan

F-J Erin Boelow

K-Ra Oscar Rethwill

Re-Z Molly Ninneman


Kimberly Louvin


Paul Quirke


Karen Galicia


Ryan Alexander


A-G Cheeri Schacht

H-O Tim Collins

P-Z Kelly Hart